A sizeable part of Imo state has been enveloped by shock and disbelief following the sack on Tuesday, January 14, by the Supreme Court of Emeka Ihedioha, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of the state.
The seven-man panel of justices of the apex court led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, however, unanimously declared Hope Uzodinma, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the authentic winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Summit News learnt that the news of Tuesday’s judgment by the apex court came as a rude shock to most residents of the state.
“Nobody is celebrating in the whole of Imo state. The judgment of the apex court has come as a rude shock to all of us,” said a trader in one of the major markets in the state who spoke to Summit News on condition of anonymity. According to one resident of Okigwe, who simply gave his name as Sunday,” the judgment of the Supreme Court is day light robbery, and unfortunately we are powerless since there is no other court in the land to appeal to.”
There was palpable tension in the state earlier in the day after the Supreme Court stood down judgment in a suit filed by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), challenging the election of deposed governor Ihedioha.
Today’s judgment has given credence to the fiery Enugu-based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, who had on December 31 predicted that Uzodinma would govern Imo state.
The priest had declared that the APC will take over the leadership of Imo state from the PDP-led government of Ihedioha. .